Katrīne Pļaviņa

Senior Associate


English, Latvian, Russian



Primary practices:

GDPR & Data Protection, Regulatory

Secondary practices:

Energy, Environment, Government Contracts, Public Procurement, Telecom & Technology


+371 26 164 110


+371 26 164 110

Primary practices:

GDPR & Data Protection, Regulatory

Secondary practices:

Energy, Environment, Government Contracts, Public Procurement, Telecom & Technology


Katrīne Pļaviņa, LL.M., specializes in public procurement and data protection law. She helps construction, railroad, waste management, PR companies to win fair tenders. She also advises municipalities and government bodies on how to procure the most competitive offer in a smooth procedure. Katrīne sat at the drafting table of the newest procurement laws and helps to improve them as the Head of the Public Procurement Committee at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce.

Katrīne is the firm’s GDPR expert and helps banks, finance, retail, transport and telecom companies attain GDPR compliance. She regularly conducts data protection due diligence, in cooperation with IT auditors at Datakom. She is a certified data protection officer and drafts necessary procedures, notices and contracts.

Katrīne represents clients before Procurement Monitoring Bureau, State Data Inspectorate and courts. She also advises clients on energy laws, state aid, antitrust economics and various matters of public law.



2017 / Senior Associate, VILGERTS
2010 – 2016 / Associate, VILGERTS
2013 – 2014 / Associate, Sidley Austin LLP Brussels
2010 / Trainee, European Court of Human Rights Legal Division


2013 / Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (distinction, Dean’s list)
2011 / University of Latvia, Mag. iur.
2009 / Utrecht University, Visiting student


2019 / European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement, Expert
2018 / Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Head of the Public Procurement Committee
2014 / Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Head of the Public Procurement Committee
2012 / Latvian Bar Association


2016 / Still no compromise in the draft procurement law, Dienas Bizness
2016 / Government presses for compromise / Dienas Bizness
2016 / Quarells over the new rules, Dienas Bizness



Advised Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department, the biggest contracting entity in the Baltics, in a EUR 3,7 Mio dispute about admissibility of technical experience for constructing a sports ground. The Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau upheld the recommended approach.

Successfully defended the Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department before the Public Procurement Bureau against claims of unlawful amendments to the tender notice. The EUR 26 Mio tender involved renovating the venue of the National Song and Dance Festival, the central event of Latvia’s Centenary celebrations.

Proved that Ragn-Sells, a waste management company, had lawfully increased the contract price to include applicable taxes in the EUR 0,5 Mio procurement contract before signing it. The dispute is ongoing after the first instance court ruled in client’s favor.

Represented a class action of several companies with a total turnover of EUR 75 Mio for annulling the requirement under the Public Procurement Law to deposit a fee for appealing an award before the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau. The Constitutional Court did not admit the claim until the claimants would have foregone the disputed deposit due to an allegedly unfound appeal of an award.



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Gints Vilgerts

Partner, M&A

+371 29 107 768


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+371 29 131 597


Vairis Dmitrijevs

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+371 29 258 370


Jānis Kubilis

Head of Dispute Resolution

+371 26 349 255



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